Back 5 October 2016

Nurses and Midwives for Universal Health Coverage

ICM Vice President, Prof. Address Malata recently presented a paper on Improving Access to Quality Maternal, New-born and Child Health Services at the 12th East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON) 2016 conference with the theme: Nurses and Midwives for Universal Health Coverage.

The conference brought together almost 800 nurses and midwives from the East, Central and Southern Africa. Prof. Malata had an opportunity to present and engage the participants in discussion wether the health systems are ready for SDGs. 

VP Address Malata w/ESCACON Pres & Kenyan Nurse Leader

ICM Vice President, Prof. Address Malata (centre) with the President of ESCACON (l) and a Nurse leader from Kenya

Furthermore, she presented about how availability, accessibility, infrastucture, process and management contribute to quality of maternal health system. Prof. Malata also shared recent evidence on midwifery citing examples from the State of Midwfery Reports and the Lancet series on midwifery. 

VP Address Malata w/ Kenyan midwifery students


Prof. Address Malata, ICM Vice President stressing a point when she met with the students and young graduates during the 12th ESCACON Biennial Conference in Kenya

Prof. Malata concluded in her presentation stressing the road ahead that increased efforts are needed for mothers and newborns, there should be provision of care by well trained, regulated adn remunerated midwives. "Health system strengthening must continue to improve continous supplies for drugs ad commodities; human resources and supports for health worker performance," Prof. Malata commented. 

Dr. Leslie Mancuso, President/CEO, Jhpiego USA made an overall key note tittled- Nurses and midwives for Univeral Health Coverage. Other presenters included; Dr. Judith Shamina, President of ICN and Ms. Nancy Nyaga from IPAS.

VP Address Malata w/ ICN President


Great partnerships - share common goals; ICM Vice President, Prof. Address Malata with ICN President, Dr. Judith Shamian

Vice President also had a meeting with young people (student's graduates), where they had a discussion on leadership and their future aspirations. She also presided over the National Nursing Association President ahd the ICN President. At the Gala Dinner the Vice President had an opportunity  to present about ICM in general and emphasize on the need for commitment issues to midwifery and how they can be harmonized. 

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